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Jay Rodriguez
12-15-2005, 05:03 PM
Anyone have any advice for me?

Thanks

Isaac_Brody
12-15-2005, 06:18 PM
Here's a good resource to get you started.

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/nikkor.htm#mf

Edit: You might have better luck compensating with light instead of getting the fastest Nikon lens you can find.

blckhawk542
12-15-2005, 06:23 PM
Thats a big list!

This is a noob question..but wat does the f stand for? like f/1.4

i never did quite get that...

Isaac_Brody
12-15-2005, 06:48 PM
F-stop refers to how much light is allowed to pass through a lens. When you decrease the f-stop it allows more light through the lens, so f1.4 is considered a fast lens because you're letting in more light.

You lose a couple stops of light with 35 adaptors so most people are looking for faster lenses to compensate for the light loss.

blckhawk542
12-15-2005, 06:52 PM
How can you tell if a lens is fast or not?

like wats the highest and lowest f stops?

Michael Summers
12-15-2005, 08:08 PM
Thats a big list!

This is a noob question..but wat does the f stand for? like f/1.4

i never did quite get that...


uhhhh.... no0b plz red independent filmmaking by lenny lipton k thx

just kidding. but you really should read up on actual "film" making. a fast lens has a wide apeture opening (or a small f-stop number) a fast lens is usually considered around the 1.8-1 f stop range. take a photos class.

Jeremy Ordan
12-15-2005, 08:18 PM
How can you tell if a lens is fast or not?

like wats the highest and lowest f stops?


I had this same question too but Barry's book has an incredible explanation regarding it that is full and complete, not to mention easy to understand.

rook
12-15-2005, 09:30 PM
Coffee, I've been playing around a lot with different ones. To tell the truth, what I've found is that the ken rockwell list is useless unless you are buying brand new lens.

Ken's list is a great detailed list. I've spent a lot of time reading it....but going to the camera store and testing out lenses is an eye opener. I've been looking for a good used 28mm and have found such a huge inconsitency in sharpness often in the same model lens.

It depends how it was treated and cared for, and I guess if it was made on a monday or a friday.

Go to the camera store on a slow afternoon, bring your camera and try out every lens until they chase you out.

It helped me a lot. Until I get some more bucks I'm shooting with a crisp Nikon 50mm 1.8 and a hazy as shit 28mm 2.8 (vivatar).

As a side note, anything ultra wide wouldn't work with my adapter.

-rook

Isaac_Brody
12-15-2005, 09:43 PM
You also have to keep in mind that all these lenses were created for still cameras and dslrs. Some work well for 35 adaptors, but they weren't created to be put in front of minidv camcorders.

Michael Summers
12-15-2005, 10:00 PM
as a slide photographer i can tell you my favorite two nikon lenses; the nikkor 50mm f1.4/1.8 and the nikkor 85mm f1.8. the 85mm is hands down my favorite lens that i own.

escozooz
12-15-2005, 10:03 PM
lol Rook I have a very similar setup. Nikkor 50mm f1.2 and a poo poo hazy Vivatar 28mm f2.8.

I want to get cooke prime or maybe a used Angenieux Zoom lens.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Angenieux-16-44mm-Zoom-Lens-Arri-Bay-High-Speed-1-1_W0QQitemZ7573191386QQcategoryZ4691QQrdZ1QQcmdZVi ewItem

Word, cinema lenses are you best bet. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

rook
12-17-2005, 03:30 PM
escozooz, that lense looks awesome. Have you tried something like that out with your adapter. Does it work? I've been playing only with primes as my adapter cuts a stink load of light.

Which adapter are you using?

-rook

redindian
12-17-2005, 11:47 PM
Nikon 50 1.4 gets my vote ($250)
Maybe a Sigma 30 1.4

Jay Rodriguez
12-20-2005, 03:04 PM
I'm still shopping for a lens so keep the opinions rolling in...

I just picked up a Nikon 28mm 2.0 last night... It works wonders on the adapter.

Jay Rodriguez
12-20-2005, 03:04 PM
I'm still shopping for a lens so keep the opinions rolling in...

I just picked up a Nikon 28mm 2.0 last night... It works wonders on the adapter.

HansK
12-20-2005, 05:28 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/Angenieux-16-44mm-Zoom-Lens-Arri-Bay-High-Speed-1-1_W0QQitemZ7573191386QQcategoryZ4691QQrdZ1QQcmdZVi ewItem

Word, cinema lenses are you best bet. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Oh, even better:

http://cgi.ebay.com/BRAND-NEW-ARRI-ZEISS-35MM-PL-MOUNT-PRIME-LENS-SET-RARE_W0QQitemZ7573464163QQcategoryZ4691QQssPageNam eZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Jay Rodriguez
12-21-2005, 04:45 AM
want to go half on them? lol

Petrus
12-21-2005, 05:14 AM
F-stop explained:

F-stop gives the ratio between the focal length and the diameter of the lens opening. In truth the ratio is given by the simple formula of (lens opening)/(focal length). If a 50mm lens has a maximun opening of 25mm, the largest aperture, or lens speed is 25/50=1/2. Thus the correct aperture values shoud be expressed as 1/2, 1/5.6, 1/16 and so one, but in real life we just write the devider. For this reason bigger number means smaller hole and less light.

The idea behind this system is to give the aperture a numerical value that stays the same with different lenses and focal lengths. An example: we have a 50mm and 100mm lenses and use aperture f:4 on both. In this case the hole in the 50mm lens would be 12.5mm and in the 100mm lens 25mm. This means the surface area of the hole in 100mm lens is four times bigger and it gathers four times more light than the 50mm lens. BUT: the longer lens also spreads the light to 4 times the area (the picture is twice as big, surface area is fourfold). Thus the resulting picture is equally bright on film/sensor with both lenses.

The speed of the lens is the biggest aperture value available. Anything with maximum aperture of 2 or better can be considered fast, with longer lenses 2.8 is fast. The fastest lenses now available are f1.2 and f1.4, there has been a few 50mm f1.0 and even a f0.95 for a rangefinder Canon body in the sixties. I think even a f0.7 for some special use. Those superfast lenses were more like brand prestige gimmicks, the picture quality was truly bad at full open.